Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria: an overview of research studies and implications for policy and practice

@article{Monjok2010AdherenceTA,
  title={Adherence to antiretroviral therapy in Nigeria: an overview of research studies and implications for policy and practice},
  author={Emmanuel M. Monjok and Andrea L Smesny and Ita Bassey Okokon and Osaro Mgbere and Ekere James Essien},
  journal={HIV/AIDS (Auckland, N.Z.)},
  year={2010},
  volume={2},
  pages={69 - 76}
}
Both Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and AIDS remain major public health crises in Nigeria, a country which harbors more people living with HIV/AIDS than any country in the world, with the exception of South Africa and India. In response to the HIV pandemic, global and international health initiatives have targeted several countries, including Nigeria, for the expansion of antiretroviral therapy (ART) programs for the increasing number of affected patients. The success of these… 

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